Virgin Media has released new details of its upcoming Tivo-powered box which the home entertainment firm promises will bring together “the best of TV, on-demand and web” to the nation’s televisions.
Subscribers will be able to access web content such as YouTube alongside Virgin’s regular live and catch-up TV offerings and Virgin say the box will support viewing in Standard Definition, High Definition and 3D.
The cable company says the presence of a built-in dedicated 10Mb modem and “dedicated channels of bandwidth” means the new box won’t impact on web use.
Although the box can support three tuners – allowing viewers to record two channels whilst watching a third – only two will be enabled at launch with the third becoming available in “early 2011”.
Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media, said: “This is a landmark moment in the UK’s digital revolution and vividly illustrates why Virgin Media is the only company who can provide the ultimate digital lifestyle. For the first time, viewers will have a truly personalised viewing experience so they can get the most out of the wonderful worlds of the internet and TV all in one place.
“We’re really excited to bring our customers what is just the first of successive generations of transformational services based on this unique TiVo-powered platform.”
The boxes will sell for £199 plus installation on a £26.50 per month subscription.
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